Nanaimo graphic designer Patrick Belanger won last year's Street Banner Design Contest

City of Nanaimo seeks banner submissions from artists

City of Nanaimo hosting an information session of the Street Banner Design Contest Thursday (Dec. 15).

Artists interested in creating a banner that will adorn Nanaimo’s city streets are invited to submit their idea for the Street Banner Design Contest.

The contest is open to visual artists who currently live in British Columbia.

“Street banners grace many streetlight poles during the spring and summer seasons creating a bright and colourful atmosphere,” said Chris Barfoot, culture and heritage coordinator for the City of Nanaimo, in a press release. “The program aids in the promotion of the cultural arts in our city and in 2017 will capture Nanaimo’s role in Canada’s 150th celebration.”

The banners designs are for the spring 2017 and summer 2018 program, and will be on display for up to two years.

The design must adhere to the proposed themes, which are Nanaimo’s role in celebrating Canada’s 150th: Looking Back, capturing Nanaimo in 1967; Exploring Our Country, a snapshot of Canada; or Celebrating Canada’s 150th, what it means to be a Canadian in Nanaimo today.

Artists may use up to four colours in addition to black and white.

A full list of guidelines is available at, under the business menu by clicking on bid opportunities.

Submissions must be received by Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. by e-mailing or mailing the information to the City of Nanaimo’s purchasing department at 2020 Labieux Rd., Nanaimo, B.C., V9T 6J9.

The winner will receive a $2,000 honorarium, and be chosen by a selection committee formed by the City of Nanaimo.

The city is also hosting an information meeting about the Street Banner Design Contest on Thursday (Dec. 15) from 4-5 p.m. in the boardroom of the Service and Resource Centre, located at 411 Dunsmuir St.

People will have a chance to view past banner designs and ask questions about the contest.

People can ask questions about the contest by e-mailing

To read an article about last year’s winner, Patrick Belanger, please go to

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Council’s special-interest projects boosting property taxes too high

City council should keep in mind its core services when budgeting, says letter writer

Colour and culture being painted onto plaza stairs in downtown Nanaimo

City commissions Humanity in Art muralists for ‘artistic intervention’ project

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses claim against Island Corridor Foundation

Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation was seeking return of reserve land as railway sits unused

Nanaimo’s newest skatepark now open for use in Harewood

Harewood Centennial Park amenity opens on schedule

Column: Sustainable society based on foundational services

Services tied to local populations puts sustainability above growth, says columnist

Man who rammed gate near Trudeau residence with truck faces multiple charges

The man, who police have not yet officially identified, will be charged with multiple offences

All community COVID-19 outbreaks declared over in B.C.

Abbotsford manufacturer cleared by Dr. Bonnie Henry

Kelowna RCMP commander calls for more nurses during wellness checks after complaint

Southeast District Commander wants to increase Police and Crisis Team program

‘Tarantula moth’ spotted in broad daylight on Vancouver Island

Polyphemus moths are one of the largest insects in B.C.

B.C. First Nations vow to keep fighting after Trans Mountain pipeline appeal denied

Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band made the application

‘Queue jumpers’ not welcome in B.C. as COVID-19 U.S. cases rise: Horgan

Premier Horgan said he’s heard concerns that Americans have stopped at Vancouver hotels instead of heading to their destination

US officer resigns after photos, connected to death of black man in 2019, surface

Elijah McClain died, last summer, after police placed him in a chokehold

Black worker files discrimination complaint against Facebook

Oscar Veneszee, Jr. has worked as an operations program manager at Facebook since 2017

Most Read